Francophonie festival begins in Dhaka
An eight-day Francophonie Festival 2009, organised by the Alliance Francaise de Dacca, began on March 16. On the occasion, a press conference was held at the café of Alliance Francaise de Dacca. Robert Mc Dougall, Canadian High Commissioner; Ahmed Al Shourbarg, DCM of the embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Charley Causeret, Ambassador of France; Driss Hachaq, Deputy Head of Mission of Morocco Embassy; Juerg Siegenthaler, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland and Nguyen Van That, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam spoke on the occasion.
Charley Causeret said, “The Francophonie advocates common values: solidarity, cultural diversity, curiosity about others and dialogue between people. United by the will to defend these values, the French speakers are able to propose original solutions to face global challenges within the international organisations.”
In his remarks, Robert Mc Dougall said, “This week provides an opportunity for us to celebrate not only the French language and the rich and diverse Francophonie culture, but also the values of peace, democracy and respect for human rights. These elements unite the members of the international organisation of La Francophonie.”
The programmes include a movie festival, diction contests, an open air screening and other cultural activities.
Francophonie is a cultural and linguistic community of more than 175 million people, who use French to varying degrees in their daily lives. Francophonie is also an institutional community of 53 states and governments on five continents. For several years, the French-speaking people across the world have been celebrating the Francophonie cultural festival every March. Francophonie is an annual event meant to celebrate the diversity of the French language. The event represents a remarkable moment of cultural exchange that will strengthen communication and contacts between Bangladesh and French-speaking countries.